- To bridge its budget deficit caused by low oil prices, the Saudi government plans to issue 20 BN SAR (5.3 BN USD) bonds of three, five and seven years with floating as well as fixed rates.
- Egypt Central Bank will cut its foreign currency auctions from three per week -selling 40 MM USD at each- to one auction per week where it will sell 120 MM USD.
- The Saudi Minister of Municipal and Rural Affairs, Abdul Lateef Al-Sheikh, has canceled a project for building a bridge in Jeddah due to lack of finance. However, the municipality has announced that it would build six overpasses and underpasses.
- Due to the negative effect that growing domestic demand for power generation has on the amount of gas available for exports, Oman is rescheduling around five percent of its liquefied natural gas (LNG) shipments in 2016.
- According to Abu Dhabi's Statistics Center, consumer prices rose by 3.3% during the first two months of 2016 compared to the same period last year. It is worthy to note that housing, water, electricity, gas, and other fuel group accounted for the largest rise in the Consumer Price Index (CPI).
- To ease the strain on government finances caused by low oil prices, Kuwait's cabinet has approved economic reforms that aim to boost non-oil revenues, including the introduction of a 10% tax on corporate profits.
- The Saudi Arabian government is planning to spend 2 BN SAR to enhance water security in Makkah. The project is being run by the National Water Company (NWC) in Makkah and covers Makkah, Jeddah and Taif and will increase the capacity by 5.4 MM cubic meters.
- To narrow its budget deficit caused by low oil prices, Qatar is aiming to boost its private sector through passing a new law covering the use of public-private partnerships (PPPs) to be put into force by the end of 2016.
- According to a statement from Abu Dhabi's General Administration of Customs, the value of non-oil foreign trade passing through customs' ports recorded an 11% increase to reach 169.1 BN AED in 2015 compared to 2014.
- After Dubai'sAirport opened a new concourse last month,passengers usingDubai's International Airport have increased by 6.3% to reach 7.33 MM people in January. Moreover, this would help boost traffic to 85 MM passengers in 2016 compared to 78 MM last year.
- Saudi Arabia's Central Bank will allow mortgage companies to supply a greater share of funding for home purchases, raising the maximum permitted contribution from 70% to 85% of the value of the house.
- A plane flying from Dubai to southern Russia had crashed and all 62 passengers on board were killed. It is worth mentioning that Fly Dubai, the carrier that the passengers were flying through, will pay 20,000 USD to victims' families.
- Thirteen Egyptian policemen and soldiers were killed on Saturday night in an attack that targeted a security checkpoint in Sinai's Al-Arish. The mortar attack targeted Al-Safa checkpoint, has killed two police officers, a policeman and 10 soldiers.
- France's foreign minister travels to Tunisia aiming to firm up security and economic ties with the country out of fearing Islamic state spillover as Tunisia struggles with rising Islamist militancy fuelled by Islamic State's growth in neighboring Libya.
- Egypt stocks witnessed a significant increase this week where Banking sector increased led by Commercial International Bank (CIB).
- .TASI witnessed a significant increase in telecommunication sector led by Zain and Mobily.
- .QSI real estate sector increased led by Ezdan Holding and Mazaya Qatar Real Estate.
- .ADI banking sector declined led by Abu Dhabi Commercial Bank. On the other hand, real estate sector increased led by Aldar Properties and Eshraq.
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- SODIC, Egypt's third-largest listed property developer, has reported standalone net profits of 213.2 MM EGP in 2015 compared to net profits of 61.522 MM EGP in 2014, where net profit has increased by 119% during the first nine months of 2015.
- Dubai-listed Arabtec has announced winning a 1.7 BN AED (462.85 MM USD) contract from the UAE federal government to build 1,100 houses in the eastern emirate of Fujairah, where the construction would take two and a half years.
- The chief executive of NMC Health, the United Arab Emirates-based healthcare provider, has reported that his company is expecting a 45% increase in its earnings this year on the back of recent and future acquisitions as well as organic growth.
- Dubai's Meydan Group has signed a deal with Qatar National Bank (QNB) and QNB's United Arab Emirates affiliate to obtain 476 MM USD in order to support investment in new projects.
- Saudi Aramco has launched a tender to build gas treatment units at Uthmaniyah, the project is expected to cost up to 500 MM USD and aims to recover ethane, propane and other natural gas liquids (NGL) from 1.4 BN standard cubic feet per day (scfd) of sales gas.
- Dubai's DP World, the world's largest port operators, has reported a 30.7% increase in its annual profits which amounted to 883 MM USD in 2015 compared to 675 MM USD in 2014.